Housing development opportunities will be a focus the 6th Annual I-69 Thumb Regional Summit when it convenes Sept. 21 at the Lapeer Country Club, 3786 Hunt Rd. in Lapeer.
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSDHA) will roll-out a regional report on housing, as part of a panel discussion on housing development, said Janice Karcher, Senior Vice President of Economic Development at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.
Attendees will also hear about development tools and incentives from a panel of economic development professionals, during the half-day summit that will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The day begins with a recap major projects and successes in the region over the past year.
Later that morning, the finals of the Catapult Business Plan Competition will be decided by a panel of judges, consisting of: Dom Holmes, Manager of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Automation Alley; Neal Bishop, Area Manager, Local Government and Community Affairs, International Transmission Co.; and Peggy Nolde, Director, Genesee County Equalization Board. The winners will be announced in the afternoon.
The first-place winners of the seven county-level competitions, held earlier this year, will make their final presentations to a panel of judges at the regional summit. The top prize is $5,000, with $3,000 for second place and $1,000 for third.
The contestants: Happy Little Greens Farm (Genesee County); Simply Enjoyable Snacks (Lapeer County); Imperial Sauces (Tuscola County); Sibling Rivalry LLC (Huron County); Thumb Roast Coffee (Sanilac County); and Smart Shelf (St. Clair County). (The finalist for Shiawassee County will be determined on Sept. 14).
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